Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017 Press forward with steadfastness in Christ

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"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye hall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the father:  
Ye shall have eternal life,"
2 Nephi 31:20

Sorry for the delay in posting, but it has been a little crazy in our winter wonderland.
We welcomes 9 new missionaries, said good bye to 14 and it snowed. The Esslinger family  moved into their new home and it snowed. Christmas came and went and it snowed. The Peterson family came for a visit, the New Year arrived, Megan and Kahlen moved in and it snowed and it snowed and it snowed. 
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December 7, 2017-9 New Arrival's and their trainers
 President Bartlett, the cold never bothered me anyway.
  Idaho Boise Mission Christmas Talent Show and Devotional in Boise
December 20, 2016
 Idaho Boise Mission Christmas Talent Show and Devotional in Twin Falls
December 22, 2016

President and Sister Bartlett began the Talent Show part of the program by leading us in a group participation of "On the First Day of Christmas"

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
 12 Drummers Drumming
                                                      11 Pipers Piping
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                                                      9 Ladies Dancing
                                                         8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
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Then on a more tradition note we were inspired by the talent of our missionaries!

District Choirs


                                Trio's                                                               Quartets

                                                           We Three Kings
Christmas carol's in Spanish
A revised "missionary" version of "On the first day of Christmas"
                                      And the Assistant's to the President closed the Talent Show by sharing their version of "On the first day of Christmas" as a roast to the office staff, 10-4.

And even with all the fun we still made time to move missionaries 
and take care of the little fires that always seemed to  pop up.

Grandparent Corner
Pre-Christmas Festivities
Sienna's first dance recital


           The biggest snowfall in 32 years!

Christmas is all about traditions and the Cortopassi family didn't let us down 
sending their famous sweet rolls all the way from Wilton, CA
And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Katie's Christmas Crunch!
Charles, William, Thomas, Steve and Kahlen donning their gay apparel

             Wade catching the Christmas spirit.             Kahlen wondering what all the fuss is                                                                                about.

   Wade and William in their matching pajamas.      William settling in for a warm winter's                                                                              nap.

Post-Christmas Activities

     The old folks trying their hand at a selfie                A special Christmas gift 
                                                                              After over 38  years of love and wear                                                                                 and tear from our six kids, this                                                                                         rocking chair was refinished, thanks                                                                                 to our kids, to be loved and enjoyed
                                                                              by their kids.              

The original plan was to purchase a new suit for Elder Busath, thanks to the generous donations from our kids. What he actually used the money for was to buy a snow blower.

Cousins, Sienna, Wade and Shelby, enjoying the Children's Museum in Nampa, ID.
Wade and Grandpa checking out Grandpa's new Christmas train.
Shelby, Wade and Grandpa just hanging out.
Best buddies, Wade and Shelby
Grandma cuddles
Grandpa, Andi and the boys surveying the possibility of creating a snow slide.
Our snow angels

Sam  trying to pack down the fine powdered snow so we could sled with no success.
New Year's Eve at the Esslinger house with balloons to break each half hour, with activities to do to help us wait out the countdown.
Buzz Lightyear-from infinity and beyond!

New Year's Day dinner and Grandma and Grandpa's
The "Aunt's" making a warm blanket for Kahlen to snuggle in when she arrives.

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At Merritt's Restaurant having amazing scones before Wade and his Mom and Dad have to catch a plane for home.
Wade catching up on his reading.
                     Kahlen our little snow bunny and one of Grandpa's sweethearts!               Image result for target
It has been a wonderful beginning for a new year, but let's not forget, when times get tough, and we know they will, we must keep our eyes on the target.

"We covenanted to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ.  Implicit in that covenant is the understanding that we will strive to learn about God, love Him, increase our faith in Him, honor him, walk in His way, and stand steadfastly as witnesses of Him.

The two great commandments are the target. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. As we accept this, all other good things will fall into place.
If our primary focus, thoughts, and efforts are centered on increasing our love for Almighty God and extending our hearts to others, we can know that we have found the right target and are aiming at the bull's eye-becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and successful new year!


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